Monday, December 23, 2013

Memories of a Doll Maker

My mom was a doll maker. She loved creating dollies with rosy cheeks and pretty floral or checkered dresses. She must of made hundreds of them and many of her handmade treasures went into the hands of her daughters and grand daughters.

Her first doll, we called her Abby, was given to my daughter as a birthday gift. It went just about everywhere with Heather and Abby shows every bit of the years of love she received. Every few months she was stuffed into a pillow case and given a gentle machine washing but there are things that won't come out in the wash. These worn and fraying fabric were stitched together with love and hold the aged stains of childhood memories.


Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY: Christmas Greens

I love bringing bits of nature in our home during the holiday season. Fruit, leaves, pinecones, pods, branches......it's all beautiful to me!! And what other time of year do we bring a whole tree into our home!!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Million Little Ways - On My Top Ten List of Good Reads


A Million Little Ways - A Good Read | MamaBleu.com

I can't tell you how many people have told me that they are not creative. And my response is......I don't agree with that statement! We are ALL creative in one way or another.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Pie Season

It is pie season!

My husband and I meet twice a month with a group of couples from our church. We always start out our time together with a potluck meal. Tonight I brought homemade apple pie!

Being that we won't meet again until December because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to prepare a mini Thanksgiving meal. As I was preparing my pies today I thought about a blog post by hello emma. She completely inspired me to do something fun with my pie crusts. Talk about playing with your food!!

http://emmatrithart.blogspot.com/2013/09/pie-chart.html

Of course, with my grand kids here today my time was limited and I didn't have the desire to use her entire method of cutting beautiful words into the pie dough so I improvised with a simpler method. My technique......using the tip of a kitchen knife to write out stencil-like letters.


I love the way these turned out!! Imagine the fun you can have this holiday season by putting words of inspiration, friendship, silliness - on your homemade pies!

My pie recipe is easy! I use the same method for the crust, oven temperature and time as for my berry pie. The only difference is the filling.

Apple Pie Filling is ~
6 - 8 tart apples, pared, cored and thinly slice (about 6 cups)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 T all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon (I love cinnamon in my apple pie so I use more!)
dash of ground nutmeg

Instead of building a lattice style top crust, you will use the full circle of dough. Either cut a few slits in it to release the steam or do something fun and unique with a word or two cut into it!









Monday, October 21, 2013

DIY: Studio Chair Makeover

I have a fondness for old things especially when they once belonged to a family member. This rusty, paint splattered bar stool style chair was used by my grandparents. I have wonderful memories of working on projects with them in their garage/workshop. If my memory serves me right, this chair was there too.


Monday, July 1, 2013

DIY: Create Your Own Gift Wrap Paper



All you need is a roll of white drawing paper and a handful of markers. You don't need to be super artistic or creative. Doodles are great!! Have fun and design your own gift wrap paper!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Ultimate Guide to Pricing Your Products on Etsy

The Ultimate Guide to Pricing Your Products on Etsy | MamaBleu.com

Putting a price on your work is often one of the most intimidating first steps to selling on Etsy. Your price communicates your product’s value to customers. 

Instead of asking yourself what your product is worth, you may be tempted to ask yourself what customers will pay. With this mindset you are underestimating the thoughts of a savvy shopper looking for quality handmade goods.

Let’s take a look as some pricing principles that will ultimately guide you to the right price point for your products that will reflect the value of your work, allow you to offer wholesale pricing to retailers and provide you with a fair profit margin. 

I was at the cutting counter of a fabric store recently and recall a conversation I had with the sales person. It is not uncommon for them to ask me what I plan to do with the fabric I am purchasing so when I told her that I would be creating personalized bags for my Etsy shop she chimed in and told me that she had been thinking of opening her own Etsy shop.

She explained that she likes to create things and her husband had been encouraging her to sell them. She went on to say that she thought about pricing them just $2 above the cost of materials. 

I’m not sure how she came up with that price point but it certainly wouldn’t be long before she started to question if she’s being a good boss to herself. 


Friday, April 19, 2013

Sewing Lessons

Kyla, my 2-year-old granddaughter, has watched me sew for her whole life. I know her earliest memories of me will be at the sewing machine.

Today, she climbed up into my chair, positioned her hands on the fabric and probably would have stepped on the pedal if her little feet could touch the floor.  It's obvious that she's been watching me closely. She seemed to know exactly what to do!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Old-Fashion Sugar Cookies

Our forecasted rain came today so we stayed inside and baked cookies. I found a wonderful Martha Stewart cookbook at the library that is full of cookie recipes and this Old-Fashion Sugar Cookie recipe is one of my favorites!